66-time England international Tony Adams believes that Roy Hodgson has made a mistake in not taking John Terry to the World Cup.

The Chelsea captain was a key member of, arguably, the Premier League’s most impressive defensive unit last term, forming a solid partnership with Gary Cahill – who will line up for the Three Lions against Italy tonight.

Despite him having opted out of international football following EURO 2012, there were serious calls for the commanding centre-back to be brought back into the fold to add experience and presence as Hodgson’s men set about navigating their way through Group D.

However Terry did not make the cut, and Adams feels that his exclusion is a mistake:

“You’ve got the most experienced and the best centre-half in the country in John Terry sitting at home – which is great for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, he’s probably rubbing his hands together.” He is quoted by The Telegraph.

“I don’t understand why Terry’s not out there. He’s 33, he started 34 of Chelsea’s 38 games [in the Premier League]. He’s not a man in decline but he’s a man who’s playing in one of the top clubs in the country. He also plays with Gary Cahill.

“Then you’ve got Ashley Cole. And then there’s Glen Johnson, who knows him from his Chelsea days. I see that as really the best back four in the country by far. For me that defence could go pretty much all the way.”

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